Over distance and time, the fluids in your car break down and need to be replaced. Keeping the oils fresh will ultimately save you thousands of dollars in preventable repairs; they are the lifeblood of your automobile. Here is what you need to know:
Despite what the instructional booklet says, do NOT let your oil go past 4,000-5,000 miles city combination miles or 7,500 for 80% highway miles. Dirty oil kills the new VVT (variable valve timing) components and turbo chargers. Oil changes are cheap compared to repairing these components. Engine oil acts as a lubricant to prevent metal-to-metal contact. Overtime, the engine oil decreases and becomes compromised with debris, including metal flecks.
Newer synthetic fluid goes longer, but do not exceed 100,000 miles for light duty/normal driving; in almost any other scenario, like towing, hauling, city or Uber/Lyft driving, the transmission fluid needs to be changed at 50,000-75,000 miles.
Your antifreeze should be changed every 5 years or 100,000 miles under ideal conditions with light duty or normal driving. Again, like above, for towing, hauling, city or Uber/Lyft driving, change coolant at 50,000 to 75,000 miles.
Next month, I will discuss the remaining vital fluids for your car: brake fluid, power steering fluid, gear oils and 4-wheel drive fluid. At Lance's Superior Auto, we want your car the way it is intended. Bring it by today and let's set you up with a maintenance schedule to fit your budget AND prevent costly repairs.
Lance's Superior Auto Service
30775 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Suite D, Wilsonville, OR 97070